- Windows XP, Service Pack 3—Extended Support ends April 8, 2014
- Windows 7, Service Pack 1—Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015
- Windows 8—Mainstream Support ends January 14, 2018
- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2—Mainstream Support ends January 15, 2015
- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2—Extended Support ends January 14, 2020
- Windows Server 2003 and 2003 R2—Extended Support ends July 14, 2015
- Office 2010, Visio 2010, Project 2010—Mainstream Support ends October 13, 2015
- Office 2007, Visio 2007, Project 2007—Extended Support ends October 10, 2017
- SharePoint Server 2010—Mainstream support ends October 13, 2015
- Exchange Server 2007—Extended Support ends August 11, 2017
- Exchange Server 2010—Mainstream Support ends January 13, 2015
Make sure you’re keeping these dates in mind as you plan your next deployments. The end of a support phase should not be your only criteria for making the decision to move, but it should play a role in your decision-making process. You need to assess your risk tolerance, particularly if you’re running an older version of a product that will no longer be receiving security patches. Of course, there are plenty of other factors to consider when evaluating your deployment roadmap. If you would like more information on GA dates, support end dates, release dates, or anything else pertaining to Microsoft’s projected software support schedule, we’re here to help.
Windows XP reaches final end-of-life on April 8, 2014. What this means for your organization is that Microsoft will stop providing Service Packs, security patches, and support after that date. It’s time to break up with XP; click here to start crafting your exit strategy.